Earlier this week I had a problem when using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Lightroom would freeze every time I went from the Library module into the Develop module, and sometimes when I switched photos in the Develop module.
It turns out that this is caused by a bug, either in Lightroom itself or in the videocard drivers from AMD. Adobe has more information about this on their website, including the videocard models that are affected and other details.
For now the only way to avoid this problem is to disable hardware acceleration in Lightroom. You won’t be able to do that from within Lightroom however, because the moment you click the checkbox to disable hardware acceleration, the program freezes again.
You’ll have to use the following workaround:
Hopefully Adobe or AMD will have fixed this soon.
What I found very interesting is the use of “AutoBahn” for the hardware acceleration setting. As you may know, the Autobahn is the legendary highway system built in Germany and initiated by Adolf Hitler in 1933. The autobahns in Germany formed the first high-speed road network in the world. So it’s easy to understand why engineers at Adobe used the “useAutoBahn” name for the hardware acceleration setting in Lightroom.
And who knows, perhaps they also know the truth about Adolf Hitler. I wouldn’t be surprised. To the entire Lightroom team at Adobe: Sieg Heil!
A TEDx talk by Sharyl Attkisson titled “Astroturf and manipulation of media messages” (embedded below) discusses many of the problems I had already discussed back in a 2007 post of mine titled “Be careful with where you get your information from!”
In all of these years little has changed, and it seems abuse of the media has only grown and taken over more sources of information, such as Wikipedia.
In her presentation Attkisson discusses a few strategies you can use to recognize signs of propaganda and false information:
Attkisson forgot to mention another common tactic of attacking an issue by using a straw man argument:
A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument which was not advanced by that opponent.
All of the above tactics are frequently used online and offline, and you have to be careful to recognize and not to fall for these tactics. And when you notice any of these tactics being used, expose them immediately.
Like I discussed before (with examples), you should never trust any information presented online, unless you’ve done your own homework and tried to scrutinize and verify the information for yourself. Many popular online sources of information (such as Wikipedia) are being infiltrated and polluted with propaganda and misinformation. Like Attkisson also mentions, whole studies are being faked or misrepresented while scientists are paid to back them, websites and bloggers are being paid to promote lies, and whole armies of people and bots are being employed to participate in discussions on social media channels to spread disinformation and misinformation.
In the end, due to the open architecture of the Internet (that will only become more open and decentralized in the future), disinformation and misinformation will always be outed eventually (and increasingly easier and faster), but in the mean time you have to remain very cautious.
What do I look for in women? This is no doubt a question that has kept many women busy for many years. Is it big boobs? Wide hips? Perhaps even a big ass? Must she look like a model? The mystery is finally revealed in this post.
But first, let me mention two important reasons for why I’ve written this post:
My preferences discussed below have evolved over time and I continue to refine them. When I was much younger, I was very much under the influence of the brainwash that society enforces on everyone everywhere around the planet when it comes to the subject of love and relationships. My thoughts on those subjects were very similar to the misconceptions most people have today. I quickly learned, however, that those thoughts were very wrong. I deeply regret not knowing back then what I know today because it would have made me understand my environment better, would have saved me a lot of precious time, and would have saved me from a lot of unnecessary pain and trouble. But as they say, better late than never.
Now let’s get on to what I look for in women.
In the last couple of years I’ve learned a lot about the anti-social system that we currently live in, known as Statism. I’ve learned about its true purpose and I’ve learned a lot of details about its true workings as well. Like many others before me, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s an evil system, designed to enslave and corrupt everyone living in it. Knowing what I now know, it’s going to be extremely difficult for me to work in good conscience for any government that’s in charge in such a system.
When you read my post “Statism: A System for your Enslavement” I’m sure you’ll understand why I came to such a decision. But I want to discuss an analogy below that should make it extremely clear to you why I can’t work for any government anymore.
A few months ago I was hired to cover the first TEDx Paramaribo event for women as the main event photographer. The TEDx Women events are TEDx events focusing specifically on topics concerning women. The theme for the first TEDx Paramaribo Women event was “Momentum.” In the gallery below you can view some of the photos I took during this event.
As the organizer of an event with very high media exposure we were looking for a photographer who could capture moments of our event, which would simultaneously be useful for all our media channels such as social media, website, publications and the international TED platform. The pictures we received were usable in a variety of ways because of the perfect finish and unique shots that just gave that little extra, so that they didn’t just look like a regular reportage, but by themselves also provided compelling visuals and atmosphere. Thanks to Karel’s reportage TEDxParamaribo has enough footage for all our media channels and we can ensure a high-quality appearance and consistency in all our visual communication. Karel’s graphics are also very creative and original such that our visual identity, theme and design reinforce each other. I would definitely recommend Karel. Originality distinguishes him from every other company, and eventually it will pay for itself because quality visuals automatically generate confidence.
If you’re wondering about the mention of graphics in the above quote, that’s because I’ve also done graphics for other TEDx Paramaribo events in the past.
A few weeks ago I was browsing through some old clip art folders containing Windows Meta File (WMF) images and noticed that I couldn’t view thumbnails for these images in Windows File Explorer. This made it difficult to find what I was looking for in folders containing hundreds of images. I searched online for Windows Shell Extensions that would enable thumbnails for these files, but the ones I found didn’t work for some reason. So I decided to write my own thumbnail and preview handler shell extensions for WMF and EMF (Enhanced Meta File) images.
I saw it as a nice opportunity for me to play with the new release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 on Windows 10, and also to get myself familiar with using GitHub.
As you can see in the screenshot above (taken on Windows 10), after installing the extension, you get thumbnails for WMF and EMF images in Windows File Explorer. You can also enable the Preview pane from the View tab above for a larger preview on the right of the selected image. So far I’ve tested the extension on both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, 8 and 10.
If you are interested in using this extension, you can download the setup packages below. The C++ source code is available on GitHub. It’s provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License, so you are free to use, modify and share it. Suggestions for improvements and bug-fixes are welcome.
Download: WMFPreview Releases on GitHub
In my post on the Cycle of Life, I had already mentioned in passing how the swastika symbol comes out of the seed of life motif. In this post I want to discuss this in more details so that the connection can be more easily made for those who still can’t see it on their own. If you’re new to this, I recommend reading my post on the Cycle of Life before continuing with the information below.
We’ll start with the seed of life motif shown above, with the equilateral triangle from where it all started still visible behind it (the equilateral triangle is in black).
The yin and yang symbol is a simplified representation of the seed of life. As you can see in the image above, we get to the yin and yang symbol (in thick blue lines) by simplifying the seed of life and leaving out most of the lines. The fact that the seed of life is actually a system that is in constant motion rotating around its centroid (explained in more details here) is also expressed in the yin and yang symbol.
If we rotate a copy of the yin and yang symbol by 90° and place it back on the original copy, we get the swastika (in orange lines), which also clearly expresses the fact that this symbol is dynamic and in constant motion. So the swastika is really also a simplified representation of the seed of life.
Now you may say that the symbol above doesn’t look a lot like the swastika most people are familiar with. Most of us grew up with the swastika as it was used on the flag of Adolf Hitler’s political movement in Germany. That version of the swastika had straight lines — what some people refer to as a “male” version of the swastika, as opposed to the more feminine looking version above with the curved lines.
It turns out that the “male” version of the swastika is a further simplification of the more “female” looking version.
As you can see in the above image, the orange lines that form the swastika symbol are actually halves of the circumference of four small circles (shown with light grey dashed lines) that are connected to the centroid of the blue outer circle. Note that the radius — and thus the circumference — of each of the smaller circles is half of the blue outer circle. There’s a constant doubling process going on as we move outwards from the centroid to the edge of the blue outer circle, as discussed in my post on the Cycle of Life, so the fact that the swastika is composed of half of the smaller circles is not by chance. In addition, there are a total of 9 points (shown as black dots) where all these circles intersect, and this is also not by chance. The number 9 is a very important number — perhaps the most important number — within this system, and I also explain why in my post on the Cycle of Life.
Also note in the above image, that from the perspective of the centroid (p) of each of the four smaller circles, the black intersection points are separated by 90°. Remember that we had to rotate the yin and yang symbol by 90° to get to the swastika. The orange lines that form the swastika go through these 9 intersection points.
As you can see from the above image, we get from the “female” version of the swastika (orange lines) to the “male” version (blue lines) by connecting the black intersection points with straight lines.
By connecting the black intersection points with straight lines we get a shorter — and also a more rigid (“male”) looking — path between these points, and this is why I mentioned above that the “male” version of the swastika is a further simplification of the “female” version.
In the end we are left with the symbol as shown in the image above, and this is the swastika sign as most people have become familiar with in recent times, especially after Hitler started using it in Germany.
It’s very important to realize that Hitler didn’t invent this symbol, just like the “Illuminati” et al didn’t invent the symbol of the All Seeing Eye. The swastika is a very ancient symbol and has its origins in very ancient knowledge which describes the fundamental nature of the reality we live in. This very important knowledge was made occult (hidden or secret) in order to dumb us down and be able to use it against most of humanity.
As Charles Gilchrist once mentioned, “Adolf Hitler was a serious metaphysician.” And I think there’s a reason why he chose to use this symbol as the logo for his political movement in Germany. In fact, Hitler and his political party — the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) — frequently used ancient (pagan) symbolism in their emblems, that would suggest that they were very aware of the true nature of the reality we live in, and how the fundamental energy of nature could be harnessed to benefit humanity. The following quote supports this view:
National Socialism is not a cult-movement — a movement for worship; it is exclusively a ‘volkic’ political doctrine based upon racial principles. In its purpose there is no mystic cult, only the care and leadership of a people defined by a common blood-relationship… We will not allow mystically-minded occult folk with a passion for exploring the secrets of the world beyond to steal into our Movement. Such folk are not National Socialists, but something else — in any case something which has nothing to do with us. At the head of our programme there stand no secret surmisings but clear-cut perception and straightforward profession of belief. But since we set as the central point of this perception and of this profession of belief the maintenance and hence the security for the future of a being formed by God, we thus serve the maintenance of a divine work and fulfill a divine will — not in the secret twilight of a new house of worship, but openly before the face of the Lord… Our worship is exclusively the cultivation of the natural, and for that reason, because natural, therefore God-willed. Our humility is the unconditional submission before the divine laws of existence so far as they are known to us men.
I understand that for most people today, who grew up with lots of propaganda targeted at demonizing Hitler, this information might be difficult to accept at first. The fact of the matter is that much of what we learned about Hitler is simply based on lies, and I highly recommend studying the information in my post “Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story NEVER Told” for more details.
Finally, if you’re interested in learning about the important knowledge about nature that is behind the symbol of the swastika, check out my post on the Cycle of Life.
I took the above picture of my hand 5 years ago on May 25th, 2010, after I came back home from voting during the elections in Suriname. I cringe every time I see it. Voting on that day will go down as one of the worst mistakes I ever made in my life. I’m deeply ashamed of it, and even more ashamed of the above image.
When I published my post about the Cycle of Life a few days ago, I noticed that the date was May 15th, 2015 on the clock on my computer. I thought to myself that that was an interesting date to be publishing such a post, seeing as how I discussed the significance of numbers and the mathematical principles that underlie our universe in that post.
The date 5-15-2015 eventually adds up to 1 in numerology (5+1+5+2+0+1+5=19 and 1+9=10 and 1+0=1). And like I discussed in my post, mathematically the number 1 is the beginning and the end of the cycle of life in our physical 3D reality (see the explanation of the VBM diagram there). So it’s an interesting coincidence that I posted an article about the Cycle of Life on a date that, not only looks interesting, but also eventually adds up to the number where the cycle of life begins and ends!
But even more interesting is that the following day, my dad called me up at night telling me he was reading my post, and asked if I knew about the number 19 and the Quran. He explained that the number 19 is a special number in the Quran (Quran code), and that it is encoded in various ways throughout the book, including the number of times the name of god is mentioned. From Wikipedia:
In 1968, Egyptian biochemist Rashad Khalifa claimed he had discovered an intricate mathematical pattern when he placed the original Arabic text of the Quran into a computer. The intricate pattern was found to be divisible by a common denominator of the number 19, hence “code-19” is sometimes used to popularly describe Khalifa’s work or the community of Qur’an alone Muslims who go by the name of the Submitters.
The foundation of the code is the Quran’s first verse, “In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ) known as Bismillah ArRahman ArRahim, which consists of 19 Arabic letters. Its constituent words occur in the Quran consistently in multiples of 19.
The Quran’s 19 code, however, is not limited to the first verse only. Historically, the first chapter ever revealed to Muhammed was chapter 96, The Embryo. This chapter contains 19 verses. The first portion revealed consisted of what is now the first 5 verses. These include 19 words which comprise 76 letters (19×4). The whole chapter contains 304 letters, or 19×16.
Notice how code-19 is connected to the first verse in the Quran, and the first chapter revealed to the prophet Muhammed. As explained above, the number 19 eventually adds up to the number 1, which stands for the beginning and the end of the Cycle of Life — just like god being “the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 1:8) in the bible.
I didn’t know about code-19 before my dad mentioned it to me on the phone, so I told him so. And during our conversation on the phone, I had actually forgotten about the publishing date of my post. It wasn’t until some time after the phone call, that I suddenly remembered that the date that I published my post on also added up to 19 (5+1+5+2+0+1+5=19).
It’s a strange coincidence that my dad would call me up to tell me about the significance of the number 19, seeing as how my post about the significance of numbers in our reality and in religion, was published on a date adding up to 19 as well. It’s even stranger when you consider what I explained above about the number 19 eventually adding up to the number 1, and that I published my post about the Cycle of Life on a date that eventually adds up to the number 1 where the cycle begins and ends.
Could this be a wink of approval from the universe? Such “coincidences” happen very frequently in my life. There are even more interesting ones, and I’ll be writing about them as well in the future.
The fundamental energy that’s responsible for all life in the universe, including the universe itself, is consciousness. Consciousness is what animates everything in the universe down to even the smallest particle. Analogous to our computer technology, if we see the matter in our universe as the hardware, then consciousness is the software that drives the hardware. But in the case of consciousness the relationship goes much deeper than that — the software actually also creates the hardware. A better analogy would therefore be a computer simulation — for example, a videogame set in a virtual 3D world — where the software not only creates the objects inside the virtual environment, but also drives the behavior of those objects. Every object, and indeed every particle, in the simulation has a piece of the software attached to it that drives its behavior, also known as artificial intelligence (AI).